DirecTV has emerged as the best shot at the WWE Network making its way to television.
While WWE officials feel selling the network at $29.99 (at most, proposed price points listed here) will kill the pay-per-view business except for Wrestlemania, it will guarantee them money. Piracy and online stream sites remain a problem and are seen as part of the reason for reduced pay-per-view revenue. Guaranteeing a monthly amount for the WWE Network will be a way to combat this.
We’re told there are some “very negative” on this model but its supporters point to how the NFL Sunday Ticket single handily saved DirecTV and with over 20 million subscribers, it would be enough to force cable providers like Comcast and Time Warner to carry it as well.
There also remains a possibility of Smackdown moving to the WWE Network when its contract comes up with SyFy next fall.